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5 Things You'll Love About Joining a Vivit Local User Meeting

Posted By Iris Boers, Thursday, March 12, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

For more than two decades, formerly HPE software and now Micro Focus customers, developers, and partners from around the globe have come together to network, learn, and share ideas at Vivit, the unbiased, trusted and field-tested community for the all Micro Focus software products. Today there are already almost 40,000 members, organized in 83 Local User Groups (LUGs), spread over 31 countries, covering mainly the American, APJ and European regions. Also, there are 22 Special Interest Groups ( SIGs), which are organized worldwide. The ever-growing popularity of Vivit Worldwide User Groups speaks to the power of shared knowledge and best practices, as well as to the fun of the Vivit community. Needless to say, if you’re not attending one in your local community, you’re missing out!

Want to join in the awesome? Here are the essential details about the world of Vivit Local User Groups, and how you can benefit from joining one – including the free swag.

What is the main difference between a user meeting and an event organized by the vendor himself?

Before we show you some unbeatable reasons for visiting a LUG event in your region, let us first explain the difference between such a user meeting and an official Micro Focus event. Vivit User Groups (or LUGs) are free, community-led gatherings of Micro Focus users. The topics and agenda are curated by each user group’s leader and above all by the members themselves. Usually, the meeting is hosted by a member company, which offers a direct and not least a live insight into their systems, how the different software products are used and how they have implemented it in the system environment. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a veteran, all users are welcome - all attendees are equally enthusiastic about the result: learning and best practices in abundance.

User meetings - what makes them so different, so valuable…

5 things people love about their Vivit Local User Group Meetings
  1. Learning best practices for Micro Focus products
    Whether you’re focusing on functional testing, performance engineering, test automation, or DevOps Management and integration for Continuous Delivery and Quality or on Service Management Automation, Data Center Automation, Network Management Operation or on Security, Risk, and Governance, you’ll get an absurd amount of knowledge and inspiration at your local user group. The best practices, tips, and tricks either come directly from Micro Focus or industry experts and are guaranteed game-changers.

  2. Hanging with the heroes…and becoming one
    Vivit LUG members and leaders are the Micro Focus rockstars within their organizations and they love to share solutions to common business problems. At user groups, you’ll get tactical suggestions that you can take back to your teams to help them be more successful. Trust us, they’ll be carrying you around on their shoulders in no time.

  3. Meeting and learning from Micro Focus users just like you
    User groups are a great way to learn what works (or doesn’t) for teams just like yours. Joining a local user group is the best way to immerse yourself in the Micro Focus community and make new friends while you’re at it. User group meetings offer a unique and differentiated mix, where participation, collaboration, learning, and sharing is a regular occurrence. Along the way, members will build a relationship, grow experiences and deliver results.

  4. Being the first in the know
    Vivit LUG members are always in-the-know with the latest on new products and features. For more than 38,000 customers and partners, Vivit is the only source of information on Micro Focus information that is completely unbiased, uncensored, trusted and field-tested. But being a Vivit member and belonging to a local user group means also to be part of the Micro Focus family and being part of the family means getting the inside scoop. If you’re an early adopter or like being on the cutting edge, you’ll love the information exchange at user groups.

  5. Build new friendships, enjoy networking in a relaxed atmosphere with sometimes beer, pizza, and awesome swag
    As you attend more meetings, you tend to see the same people and build friendships that go beyond your technology interests. You will meet interesting people from all walks of life. Taking part in a local user meeting not only allows you to exchange ideas with peers in a relaxed atmosphere but also provides support and know-how on Micro Focus software solutions that your business needs to stay ahead of the competitors. And by the way, the user meetings are not only pure work but also a lot of fun by grabbing a slice of pizza and cold beverages.

We could go on for days, but nothing compares to experiencing it for yourself. View the Vivit Worldwide calendar to see when your next local user group is meeting.

Don’t see your city on the list? Fear not! You can live out one of our values, “Be the change you seek”, by starting up a new group. Learn more about how we can help you create and lead a user group in your city here.

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Why Your Peers Should Join Vivit, the Independent Micro Focus User Community?

Posted By Rocky Pisto, Vivit Engagement Coordinator, Thursday, March 12, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Why your peers should join the user group that has served HP Software, HPE Software and now Micro Focus Software members since 1993? Well, there are a lot of reasons that end-users and partners came together to support the sustainability of these enterprise-class solutions and career paths of its members.

Local User Group (LUG) Meetings

One of the key reasons members find Vivit so valuable is their local user group meetings. Attending Vivit LUG meetings can have many benefits for both you and your employer. Not all necessary skills and knowledge are gained simply from job experience and education alone. In addition to on-the-job training, an employee will garner much-needed information from experts in the field and in turn add value to their employer when they apply the new skills. As an employer, the investment in your employee’s skills and training will give you an invaluable return on investment.

Gain New Knowledge

In the typical Vivit LUG event, you will learn something new at every meeting. At these events, Micro Focus will speak about software updates, and end-users share real-world experiences with the technology. Micro Focus partners share use case scenarios. Just remember: A knowledgeable employee is a valuable employee.

Networking

Our members are people who are using similar software as you. After all, everyone is attending the same meetings to get the same information. Don’t be afraid to exchange contact information and stay in touch. Whether your LUG focuses on ITOM, ADM, Security or Big Data, it is part of a larger community of peers. By networking, you can help your peers in more ways than you may think, and vice versa.

Free Food and/or Swag

While the main purpose of the meetings is the information presented, there are often bonuses for attending. Vivit LUG events provide food and possibly swag as give ways to attendees. It can sometimes be difficult to spend the little free time you have attending Vivit LUG meetings. Sometimes a slice of pizza or a free book can make it an easier decision.

Ask Questions and Get Answers

One of the big benefits of attending a live presentation is that you can interact with the presenters and the audience. Many times, I have heard difficult questions asked of the presenter, and the answers provided by audience members who understand the environment even better than the presenter does. Remember, many attendees are probably in the same field as you and have many years’ experience with the solution. Vivit LUGs will offer you great resources.

Find a Job

If your company has moved away from a Micro Focus solution, I highly suggest being part of Vivit LUG near you. Not only are you gaining information that makes you more marketable, but other members may be looking to hire someone just like you.

Find a Candidate

Though we do not consider a Vivit LUG meeting as a place to find future employees, Vivit member companies may be looking to augment their staff with new projects. It is an excellent pool of highly qualified candidates who tend to be of a higher caliber. User group members tend to be the type of people who always want to go above and beyond to expand their knowledge and capabilities.

Build Friendships

As you attend more Vivit LUG meetings, you tend to see the same people and build friendships that go beyond your technology interests. You will meet interesting people from all walks of life. You may even run into one unexpectedly at another event you are attending alone, which can make the event even better.

Become a More Rounded Employee

Every employer wants employees who are willing to go the extra mile. In the technology world, things are constantly changing. By talking to other user group attendees, you just may find that others have implemented processes that you never even considered. I always love to hear how others have come up with a great solution thinking outside the box.

If you have the time and ability, volunteer some of your time to help with your LUG, or with an event. It is a great way to meet people and learn along the way. It also looks great on your resume.

Learn How to Be at the Top 1% of Your field

Like I said before, group members tend to be the type of people who always want to go above and beyond to expand their knowledge and capabilities. In any technology field, complacency does not lead to a prosperous career. To be the best we can be, we must learn, learn, and learn some more. Talk to other attendees to find out what they do to stay ahead of the curve. Everyone learns differently, so try everything and find what works best for you. In most cases, your company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a solution for you to support the organization, take advantage of the situation and learn as much as you can.

As you can see, attending Vivit LUG meetings not only benefits yourself as a professional but is also a big benefit to employers. Participate in your local user group meetings, learn something new, and make some friends in the process. If you are a veteran in the field, I highly encourage you to consider becoming a leader in the user group community. It is hard to beat the great feeling of helping others learn and grow. I know, I did it for close to 20 years in Michigan and Ohio.

Today, more and more employers are pushing their employees to be in the public eye (i.e., social media). Along with all the benefits of attending user group meetings mentioned in this blog, becoming a leader in the user group community can provide certain credibility that is otherwise difficult to obtain.

To ensure all customers can participate in a network of vibrant, meaningful, and growing user group communities, Vivit has LUGs all over the world and will continue to support Micro Focus solutions as customers get involved. We are always looking for Vivit leaders to support the solutions of our members at the local levels as well as our virtual special interest group.

Not a member? Join today!

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Old but Gold: COBOL at 60, a Living Legend and Still Matters

Posted By Iris Boers, Thursday, February 13, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The only constant in life is change and especially those responsible for IT know this all too well. Corporate IT is caught in a permanent state of change - currently microservices and containers, programming languages such as Python, R and Ruby, blockchains, artificial intelligence (AI) and an ominous Facebook currency are stirring up the scene. Just in the digital era, in which the society seems to be obsessed by technical innovations, IT is forced to keep up with the speed and constantly support the new, even the disruptive, to keep the economy running. Everything must change so that new projects and products can take their place. This is the way business works! But some things are so important and indispensable that it is better never to change them, or even better not to touch them. Even as we have just jumped into a new decade of our millennium, 80% of the world’s corporate data lives on a mainframe. Ninety-six of the world’s top 100 banks, 23 of the top 25 US retailers and nine of the world’s 10 largest insurance companies use mainframe technology. There’s a lot of old code, often COBOL-based code, out there that provides value. But what does that mean exactly for the business or for our lives? Let’s take a closer look….

COBOL is still alive and kicking

We use COBOL every day and it will continue to touch our lives, whether we know it or not. There are still more COBOL transactions than Google searches each day. Any time we phone a call center, any time we transfer money, or check our account, or pay a mortgage, or renew or get an insurance quote, or when contacting a government department, or shipping a parcel, or ordering some flowers, or buying something online at a whole range of retailers, or booking a vacation, or a flight, or trading stocks, or even checking your favorite baseball team's seasonal statistics, we’re talking to a COBOL app.

So why would one want to change them?

Well, one reason is: It’s not Java. COBOL was created in an era where IT didn’t have the meaning it has today. A program was mainly designed to replace simple repetitive tasks such as retrieving data from a database, performing a couple of operations and generating a report or updating some other data. Today’s programs have to present a front-end to thousands of users, go through different layers of security, logic and quick data retrieving before accessing the back-end to ultimately alter data and send some information back to the user. There are also a number of other problems that cause headaches for IT departments when looking to the future such as:

  • Growing business needs must be met by increased system capacity and performance
  • High cost of maintaining legacy applications
  • And a shortage of employees that are skilled in legacy languages

And with digital change, IT departments are under increasing pressure to deliver enterprise applications at ever-faster development times. To successfully drive the digital transformation, new technologies and target-oriented techniques are needed to adapt IT systems accordingly to meet market and competitive requirements, as well as agile concepts for application delivery to make the software development process faster and more efficient.

Thinking of replacing your COBOL…. There is a better way to do

The question therefore arises whether COBOL applications, which are more vital than ever, can meet the needs of the new digital era too? Because what has worked well for years and could continue to be very valuable may not meet the requirements of tomorrow. Change is unavoidable, but how exactly can it be accomplished?

Thinking of replacing your COBOL?

Be careful and don't dismiss legacy applications without understanding the technology or the value of the investment in the applications your organization has developed. And you certainly shouldn't dismiss critical applications as they are the company’s beating heart - and no one would suggest a heart transplant lightly. So this option is far too risky to lose decades of competitive advantage and IP.

Should I re-write the old COBOL application?

For one thing it’s far too expensive and risky to rewrite legacy applications along newer architectural lines. And another we're in a world where it doesn't make sense to keep rewriting things over and over, because rewriting isn't the best value of the intellect of our software engineers. Today, enterprise architects don't care what language an application is written in; they care about how to decompose the application into services that they can integrate and reuse. The building block is no longer a subroutine or library - it's a microservice, probably running in a container.

Should I re-use it? Absolutely! COBOL is modern technology

Today’s modern COBOL is far from the days of green screen development consoles and proprietary, locked-in value. As a modern language, COBOL supports all contemporary deployment architectures, leading edge technology and composite applications. It integrates with Java, C#, Docker containers, mobile, .NET and JVM as well as Azure and AWS cloud environments, and runs across established operating environments like Linux, mainframes, Windows and UNIX. Today’s COBOL can work within SOA or RESTful web services, applications can run in the cloud or be deployed to mobile devices and can be developed in open environments. Today’s COBOL is agile, it escapes the silos and banishes the barriers with DevOps. COBOL can be used to build cloud, containerized and managed code apps with the language’s continued evolution of support that ensures that applications can not only meet the requirements of today, but also tomorrow

The path to modernization - bridging the gap between established (COBOL) and newer (digital)

Thriving in a competitive digital landscape means transforming the systems hosting core business processes with the lowest cost and risk through a comprehensive solution across three key pillars of modernization: application, process, and infrastructure. The key is in retaining the tried, tested, durable fundamentals and future proofing them for tomorrow’s requirements.

Join the COBOL SIG Community

And if you want to hear even more about COBOL, how other application developers are working with COBOL systems or you would like to meet other like-minded COBOL developers or perhaps expand your network and build new skills and the possibilities of how to make your applications fit for the digital age, we have a tip for you: Join the COBOL SIG Community, it is the place to be for you.

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Blogs or Forums? Join the Conversation!

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Thursday, February 13, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

By:  Stephanie Konkoy

       Vivit Engagement Director

To blog or to join a forum, that is the question. Which of these do I participate in on the Vivit website? Both!

Any Vivit member can subscribe and post a blog on any Local User Group (LUG) and Special Interest Group (SIG) page, but first must join the group if not already a member.

With blogs, the speaker (poster) is in control of the content, but the blog allows for questions and comments from other group members. Blogs range in content from information about a specific topic to events or feedback (opinion) about a topic or event.

For the LUG and SIG forums, any Vivit member can subscribe, add a new topic or reply to a topic. Forums are a type of social mixer if you will. All forum conversations are usually topic-specific.

To join any Vivit LUG or SIG forum, simply find the LUG and SIG pages you are interested in joining, found in the dropdown menus under “Groups” on the Vivit website, and click on “Blogs” or “Forums” in the right rail menu. Just like the blogs, you must join the group if not already a member.

Shown below is where to click to enter a group blog or forum.

Subscribing to LUG and SIG Blogs and Forums

Once you have clicked on “Blog” on the LUG or SIG you wish to join, simply click on “Subscribe” as shown below. You can subscribe to any LUG or SIG blog.

Blog Subscriptions

From the LUG or SIG page for the forum you would like to join, and once you have clicked on “Forum” in the right rail, just click on “My Subscriptions & Settings” to join the forum.

Forum Subscriptions

We welcome all Vivit members to participate in the LUG and SIG forums, and we look forward to hearing from you there! It’s a better way to share your knowledge and expertise as well as finding answers to your questions, albeit very informal. Join the conversation today!

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Nominations Open for 2020 Board of Directors

Posted By Mark Ford, Thursday, February 13, 2020
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2020

by Mark Ford
Vice President of Operations
Vivit Board of Directors

Vivit is pleased to announce the 2020 Board of Directors Call for Nominations.

Nominations for the 2020 Vivit Board of Directors are being accepted between February 5 and March 5, 2020. Please consider nominating members who are involved with Vivit and who you believe will provide leadership in continuing to advance our pillars of advocacy, community and education to the Micro Focus user community.

Directors have the opportunity to work with other leaders to help drive the future of our user community during this dynamic and exciting time of opportunity. Board service provides a chance to grow both personally and professionally; it is an opportunity to develop skills while working with a team of other dedicated professionals.

Vivit’s policy is that members of the Board of Directors may not be employees of Micro Focus; however, employees of Micro Focus partners and Micro Focus customers may be nominated for and elected to the board. All nominations must be received by midnight March 5, 2020 eastern standard time.

There will be three openings (each 3-year terms) to fill and though each member of the Vivit board serves as an officer or committee chair, nominations are for general positions on the board, not for specific offices. All nominations will be reviewed by a nominations committee made up of a subset of the current members of the board of directors, Vivit staff and Vivit SIG and LUG leaders.

If you have questions regarding the nominations process, please contact mark.ford@vivit-worldwide.org.

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Introduction to the Micro Focus #DevDay 2020 Series

Posted By Paula Barker, Tuesday, January 14, 2020


by Paula Barker
Field Marketing Manager,
Application Modernization & Connectivity
Micro Focus

#DevDay has been running for more than five years and across more than 50 locations. So what’s new for 2020? Paula Barker, Field Marketing Manager for Application Modernization, gives us a sneak preview.

The coming of the new 2020 year is right around the corner – a season of transformation and growth for Micro Focus, and #DevDay, our flagship event for COBOL application developers.

#DevDay has united mainframe and COBOL developers, whether they are Micro Focus customers or ‘just curious’ to check what’s new in the world of application development.

While we sometimes ‘tweak’ the formula a little, #DevDay remains a technical workshop for devs to come to get some real insight to where COBOL is going; they check out the live, hands-on demonstrations and chat with other like-minded COBOL community folk.

So What’s Different About this Year?

Well, we’re working with a new tagline: Modernization – Realize the Vision. And there really couldn’t be a better place to discuss it. Because our COBOL toolsets and solutions are geared towards helping our customers turn their modernization vision into something more tangible – a genuine business advantage.

Modernization – Realize the Vision

So if modernization via digital transformation is the journey, then it is the core business applications, often COBOL-based, that must come along for the ride if the enterprise is going to remain a prominent feature in the digital landscape.

Company-wide transformation involves many moving parts. There is no one-size-fits-all, out-of-the-box solution. So we address the integral parts – the boxes that must be checked – in delivering a transformation strategy to help our customers see where it all fits together. Coming to #DevDay? Talk to us about how the Micro Focus solution addresses the three key pillars of modernization; Application, Process and Infrastructure.

The brave new world of digital is no place for the unskilled, so we offer the IT professionals attending #DevDays the opportunity to add to their skills through technical education opportunities and community networking.

What’s In It For Me?

Plenty. But if you need sign-off from your boss, explain how you’ll return to your desk improved by the many meetings you had with Micro Focus and other experts, the demos you saw featuring the very latest in Micro Focus Appdev and modernization technology, plus the insights you have gained from the Micro Focus product roadmap and future strategy.

You will be armed with new skills gained from hands-on experience using modern application development and delivery tools and practices. Explain that you are extending the COBOL community by forging new relationships with local organizations, vendors, developers, experts and practitioners.

There’s the exciting discovery at how quickly your company can modernize core business systems and explore faster application delivery using Agile and Enterprise DevOps practices, and even ‘step into the cloud’ to understand your options for COBOL systems, cloud, containers, mobile and managed code.

Still Need Convincing?

#COBOL recently turned 60. You may have heard the noise as we celebrated. Join the #COBOL60 celebration at a #DevDay event near you. Connect with Micro Focus as we observe the application development language, COBOL. We will explore the language’s continued relevance, use cases and prevalence.

#DevDay 2020 Schedule

January 28 – Atlanta, GA
January 30 – Chicago, IL
February 11 – Columbus, OH

Sit tight, even more cities to be announced soon.

Join the COBOL SIG Community

Ever wonder how other application developers are working with COBOL systems? Would you like to meet other like-minded COBOL developers? Or perhaps expand your personal network and build new skills? If so, the COBOL SIG  is the place for you.

Ready to realize the vision? Begin your digital transformation journey or learn more about Micro Focus solutions for COBOL and IBM mainframe modernization right here.

Want to stay up to date on what’s happening at Micro Focus? Get the latest news and updates here.

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Germany Local User Group Meet Regionally

Posted By Iris Boers, Friday, December 20, 2019


by Iris Boers
Vivit EMEA Local User Group and
Special Interest Group Liaison

For some years now, a Special Interest Group has been formed within the German User Group (LUG Germany) on the topics of "Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA)", which meets at regular, half-yearly intervals at so-called regional meetings. This group is led by the Vivit leaders and co-leaders Dr. Andreas Birk and Dr. Carsten Neise, who also organized the planning and organization of the three regional meetings in September/October this year in Hanover, Cologne, and Eschborn. This special interest group within Vivit LUG Germany is dedicated to organizational, methodical and technical questions concerning the use of the Micro Focus products ALM Enterprise, Quality Center Enterprise, Performance Center as well as Unified Functional Testing. One of the important objectives of this group is to foster experience sharing among users, to communicate feedback to Micro Focus and sharing information and education around the ADM products of Micro Focus.

As usual in the past, these three regional meetings also took place at companies from the user circle or the partner network of Micro Focus. The hosts were this time NordLB in Hanover, HDI Systeme AG in Cologne and Deutsche Bank AG in Eschborn. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all three companies once again for providing the facilities and for their hospitality. After short introductory presentations of the host companies regarding their experiences and best practices in the field of test management and the use of ALM/QC and ALM/Octane, the Micro Focus experts did some fantastic demos of some selected new product features on ALM Octane and they also informed about changes and news in license sharing. A further topic that was intensively discussed during the events was Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and how it can help to accelerate software testing. Udo Blank, Micro Focus Technical Consultant for Specialist for Application Delivery Management solutions, explained what kind of activities can be automated, as test Automation is already in place and where RPA fits at all in software testing. He showed which areas within software testing can only be scaled by RPA and which tasks are repetitive and mundane in testing and could currently not be automated at a scale the testers need.

Due to the special nature of the regional meeting in Eschborn, which also bears the nickname "banks roundtable" among the members, there was a slight deviation from the agenda in that Micro Focus expert Mathias Mezger, distinguished Engineer for Enterprise DevOps IBM Z , added an interesting and very valuable demo to "Agile Software-Development meets Mainframe: ALM Octane and UFT integrated with modern COBOL and PL/I development for IBM Z", which was well appreciated by all attendees.

With around 60 participants at all three locations together, the Regional Meetings were once again very well attended. The feedback from all participants was consistently positive and we are now looking forward to the meetings in spring 2020. Interested users are already cordially invited to share their experiences or discussion topics with us for the upcoming events.

To stay informed, be sure that your Vivit profile is updated to receive communications as well as share this information with your colleagues to join our free Micro Focus User Community.

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Welcome New Leader - Allessandro Soloperto

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 20, 2019

Allessandro Soloperto
ITC GmbH
  Germany LUG Leader/Co-Leader

Vivit Worldwide is pleased to welcome Allessandro Soloperto as new German LUG Leader. With the beginning of the New Year he will follow Stefan Mohr, who has supported LUG Germany for so many years, in this position. Allessandro has outstanding professional experience and, as a consultant at ICT GmbH, has been supporting customers for more than 20 years in analysis, consulting, design, project planning, implementation, customizing, development and training through to support, operational assistance and Application Management Services (AMS). He has interacted with many clients across markets and he is happy to share his experience in key areas such as IT Service Management, IT Operations Management, Application Delivery Management/DevOps and Security with the Community.

Together with Frank Rosenfelder he will plan and organize regional user meetings within the LUG Germany next year, especially on the topics NOM and OpsBridge.

We wish Allessandro a good start and would like to take this opportunity to thank Stefan Mohr once again for his many contributions.

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Digital? Analog? Both? Hybrid Experiences for the Leaders of the Future

Posted By Iris Boers, Friday, December 20, 2019
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019


by Iris Boers
Vivit EMEA Liaison


Live streaming is on the rise – a recap of the first Vivit Virtual Customer Days in December

Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Predictive Maintenance - Digital technologies are changing every industry, and create new value models and reshape the way we communicate, live and work. There’s no doubt that automation, online platforms, and other digital-related trends are transforming every industry today. The boundaries between the digital and physical worlds continue to blur. This has a direct impact on the way we conduct business with one another, as a significant amount of people and businesses are moving online, thanks to a whole new world of possibilities for interaction opened by the internet. Virtual conferences, as they’re called, are becoming a desirable alternative to real-world events, not least, because live streaming has a “can’t miss” factor that taps into people’s FOMO (fear of missing out). From TED talks to full-blown week-long events, professionals are moving online to share insights, ideas, and products. Virtual events are to conferences what Netflix is to television: audience autonomy. By giving ‘attendees’ flexibility, they improve overall engagement. Those on the other side of the world simply boot up their computer. Those who can’t watch a three o’clock talk can just bookmark the event and catch up later.

Nevertheless, there are still skeptics who claim that virtual events won’t be ample opportunities for interacting, meeting and networking with new people from the industry and their peers. But with the review of the first Vivit Virtual Customer days (VCD), these doubters would be very surprised by the many very stimulating discussions that the participants had with the speakers and other participants, through various social channels such as Slack, sli.do, etc. The best thing is – those who missed the live events now have the chance to watch the great roundtable discussions and all presentations from various Micro Focus Product Managers, as well as those of the partners and customers right now.

The Virtual Customer Days in a nutshell, and what you may have missed

VCD in short - were full conference days, with 24 live sessions, or to put it another way, 20 hours of live presentations, around the latest product developments and features, as well as roadmap outlooks around the Application Delivery Management (ADM) and IT Operations Management (ITOM) solutions from Micro Focus. The sessions were presented by various global product managers, included exciting Live Roundtable discussions and live Q&A, with questions that came directly from the audience via social channels, as well as value-added presentations from partners like Accenture, Derdack, DXC Technology, Melillo Consulting, Merito, and Whitlock.

An unwritten law for a conference is, no matter if virtual or face-to-face, on-demand or live, it lives and dies with the quality of the presenters and therefore, we would like to thank all the speakers for their great presentations, and Joe Colantonio from TestGuild, for his inspiring and extraordinary moderation. If you look at the numerous social media posts, or at Jonathan Wright's two blog posts, “The-Season-of-Giving--ADM-Virtual-Customer-Days-VCD“ and IT Operations Management Virtual Customer Days Overview Blog, you can guess that not only did the participants enjoyed the sessions a lot, but the speakers had a lot of fun too.

Virtual Customer Days – ADM

The ADM Virtual Customer Days, the first 2-day virtual conference, focused on key trends from Agile to DevOps and everything in between from Continuous Integration, Testing, and Delivery. As business is under enormous pressure to get new capabilities out faster, it becomes increasingly difficult to #plan, #build, #test, and #deliver products at the pace the business demands. As traditional businesses scramble to respond to the demands of digitally empowered customers, they also need to keep their business running smoothly. So, there was one question that was like a common theme throughout the two-day conference: How can an IT organization continue to run, while innovating faster with lower risk?

During the various sessions from Archie Roboostoff, Head of Product Management, Functional & Performance Testing Portfolio at Micro Focus, or Tal Levi Joseph, VP Products, PLM at Micro Focus, Renato Quedas, Director of Product Management, Performance Engineering at Micro Focus, to name just a few of the many other spokespersons, attendees gained insight into #application delivery trends, how to align valuestreams with strategy, and learned about the integrated roadmap across the MicroFocus Lifecycle. The second conference day was mainly marked by presentations and discussions by partners, customers, and experts such as Graham England, Lead Quality Analyst for Automation at Galileo International/Travelport, who explained during his session the tools and components that make up their automation framework, and how they have used it to confidently step into the SAFe CI/CD world. Another highlight was the session of Paul Grossmann, an Independent Consultant, who introduced to the audience to the “Secrets of Test Automation: Identify Objects on the Fly with the Magic Object Model”. If you were unable to attend, not to worry, you can view the on-demand recordings on the Vivit website. Recordings are only viewable by Vivit members, so spread the word to your fellow colleagues to Join Vivit, so that they too can have access to this informative Application Delivery Management and IT Operations Management product information from the EXPERTS!

Virtual Customer Days – ITOM

On the 10th and 11th of December, everything at the ITOM Virtual Customer Days turned around the question, how new approaches to IT operations management can help IT organization to become a trusted advisor to the business—and raise the profile of I&O beyond day-to-day service management. As customers today are looking for the next GenOps for compliance, meeting business objectives and challenges on reduced budgets, and fully automated communication and operations, IT operations are expected to find incremental efficiencies that will allow them to do everything—in the cloud or on-premise. And last but not least, this must be achieved in many cases with reduced staff and less budget, while having zero impact on service quality and no compromise to IT compliance. IT Operations is hard work.

As with the ADM VCD, the first day of the conference was characterized by Micro Focus keynote presentations, current roadmaps, and an outlook on trends in the areas of Service Management, Robotic Process Automation, and network operations management. Within the 6 live sessions, presented by Micro Focus Executives such as Chane Cullens, Director of Strategy IT Operations Management, attendees learned how a connect-services approach can better address hybrid complexity while transforming IT into a service-driven organization. Micro Focus can help enterprises addressing the challenges and complexities of hybrid IT by reducing the friction of IT service consumption, bringing clarity to problems and resolutions, meeting demand at the speed of DevOps, and reasserting the governance role of IT. The “Ask ITOM Anything Roundtable” discussion with all the Micro Focus keynotes speakers at the end of the first day of the conference, where the many questions from the audience that had reached us live throughout the day via the various communication channels were answered, was a crowning finale. The second day started with an inspiring discussion guided by Doreen Jacobi, President & CEO at Derdack and Jeff Jamieson, President at Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions, who shared their views on current industry trends, and their future outlook at IT Operations. One key statement was that digital transformations are creating big changes and demands on IT Operations. On the one hand, the digital transformation accelerates and creates new customer experiences, and this leads to higher revenue, but on the other hand, a traditional ITSM solution cannot keep up with requirements and expectations. Businesses want to avoid complex and expensive service management solutions, as you can’t hit the reset button every time the market changes. Answers and tips and tricks to what is needed to tackle these challenges were given by the different presenters. Another highlight session in the afternoon was the presentation of the Vivit Worldwide Director and President, Jonathon Wright, about Cognitive Engineering - Intelligent Enterprise RPA Adoption. Jonathon showed why the approaches and techniques that used to work in the past may no longer work in the future, and why a solution for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help enterprises to integrate applications faster.

In conclusion, one can say that the first VCD events were a full success. Besides a lot of work, they were a lot of fun for us and hopefully for everyone else. For all those who missed the sessions live, here's the good news again, that the on-demand recordings are now available to all Vivit members. And in 2020 there will be a continuation...

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Vivit Roadshow Events 2019

Posted By Teri Sarallo, Thursday, December 12, 2019
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2019

In 2019, Vivit launched an Americas Roadshow series to re-engage the local community in some key cities that had not been active in recent years. We sent one of our experienced leaders, Rocky Pisto, ON THE ROAD to reconnect our members in Detroit, Cleveland, Raleigh, and the Washington DC Metro area while Teri Sarallo and Jill Stefan supported our Chicago team. The agendas were duplicated in each city which helped in logistical planning. With the help of Micro Focus marketing, sales, product management, and sales engineering as well as our local leaders or volunteer representatives, we connected over 100 Customers and Partners to learn and share best practices.


If you have never attended a Vivit user group meeting, let us give you the virtual experience as we recap this Roadshow Series. After the introduction of the sponsors/speakers and a high level “What is Vivit” presentation, all attendees are invited to share their name, company, role, Micro Focus tools in use, any issues and recent successes. This opening tends to act like a roundtable discussion and prepares the speakers to address user concerns or to elaborate on the interest areas of the members. After all, these are YOUR meetings!

Some of the highlights included:

  • In-depth roadmap discussions around the ADM and IT Operations solutions from Micro Focus
  • Customers sharing implementations of the Micro Focus tools and feedback on lessons learned at their companies
  • User discussions/feedback around the features needed in future releases
  • Hands-on demonstrations of Robotics Process Automation, an exciting new solution that complements both ADM and IT Operations products
  • Open discussions around support and licensing issues from Micro Focus
  • Deep-dive discussions to understand integration options and direction

And some of the participants feedback included:

  • Jeremiah Key at State Employees Credit Union, “It was a good experience to see the direction Micro Focus is taking, as well as an opportunity to interact with other users.”
  • Richa Talwar, Fidelity Investments. "It would be great to have 1-2 SAME presentations from DIFFERENT users to know what they are doing, challenges they are facing & their unique experiences." Great idea Richa; we will look to do that in future sessions!
  • David Kegley, Prospecta. “Would enjoy more user TRAINING.”

As we look to expand this Roadshow in 2020, we hope you will get more connected with your local user group in 2019. We are here to help you maximize your investment in the Micro Focus tools. And maybe you have some of the answers; user groups are a rewarding way to share your expertise. Find a group in your area here or contact your Local User Group Liaison at Vivit:

Teri Sarallo teri.sarallo@vivit-worldwide.org (Americas) or Iris Boers iris.boers@vivit-worldwide.org (EMEA and APJ)

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